Aligning Strategy and Execution with SAFe®
Lean Portfolio Management

Organizing Around Value Featuring Richard Knaster, SAFe Fellow at Scaled Agile, Inc.

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Are you ready to align the strategy of your organization or agency to execution so that you can maximize investment value? Is your Portfolio/Program Management Office (PMO) ready to join development and delivery in realizing the benefits of Lean and Agile?

SAFe Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) moves from traditional program management and builds upon a foundation of agile delivery. Join us to:
  • Learn how the Scaled Agile Framework® weaves modern portfolio practices into the three components of the LPM function; Strategy and Investment Funding, Agile Portfolio Operations and Lean Governance.
  • Gain insights into the use of Strategic Themes, Portfolio Canvases, the Portfolio Kanban, the Lean Startup Cycle, Innovation Accounting and Investment Horizons as ways to communicate strategy, address uncertainty and speed time to market.
  • See how agencies and organizations leverage CollabNet VersionOne to connect enterprise delivery to portfolio strategy, manage portfolio operations and provide lean governance across value streams.
Join Scaled Agile, Inc, SAIC, Inc. and CollabNet VersionOne to learn how to leverage Lean Portfolio Management to establish a collaborative flow that improves execution predictability while enabling continuous delivery of value and innovation.
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Richard Knaster

SAFe Fellow, Methodologist
and Principal Consultant
Scaled Agile, Inc.

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in software and systems development, in roles ranging from developer to executive, and has been leading large-scale Agile transformations for well over 15 years. Richard actively works on advancing SAFe’s Lean-Agile methods as a SAFe Fellow and methodologist.

As a principal consultant, he is passionate about helping organizations create a better environment to deliver value, improve quality and flow, and be more engaging and fun. Richard is the co-author of the SAFe Distilled and the SAFe Reference Guidebook series. He is also the author of the SAFe 4.6 Introduction to SAFe whitepaper.
Phil Gardiner

Enterprise Coach, SAFe Program Consultant and SPCT Candidate
SAIC, Inc.

Phil Gardiner, an Enterprise Agility Coach at SAIC, is on a mission to enable Government agencies and programs to succeed with Lean and Agile at scale. He has had the privilege of coaching large-scale Lean-Agile transformations within a variety of industries including telecom, entertainment, finance, cybersecurity, healthcare, and government.

Phil has a passion for creating sustainable change and his expertise with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Lean Portfolio Management has helped his clients transition to new and improved ways of identifying, exploring and executing the delivery of value.
Mark Des Biens
Solutions Engineer & Implementation Consultant
SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, PMP
CollabNet VersionOne
Mark Des Biens is currently working as a Solutions Engineer and Implementation Consultant. Mark has more than 20 years of project experience and has worked with dozens of companies looking to improve their enterprise agility.

He has been a Scrum Master and agile program manager and is one of the founding members of the Midwest Agile Community Meetup group. Mark has presented at PMI, Agile Alliance, Agile Day Chicago, and Agile Meetups. You can follow Mark's tweets at @midwestagile and his blog at a12p.blogspot.com.